Easter hopes – whispers and shouts

A post for those interested in a Christian outlook. It’s Friday, the day we commemorate the death of Jesus. Tomorrow is Saturday, a time of waiting. And then Sunday arrives. The sun will rise and many millions of people around the world will celebrate Christ’s victorious rising from the dead. We greet each other: “Christ…

Out of the Depths (Grief and Faith #8)

(A post from a Christian perspective.)  There is a lot in the Bible about joy. “The joy of the Lord is your strength”, “happy is the people whose God is the Lord”, and so on. Many churches today emphasise these “happy messages” and sometimes equate spirituality and faith with being happy and positive. But this…

Looking for a roadmap for grief?

A lot of people seem to think that grief follows an orderly, well-established path. Rather like this trail. Today we’re starting at Parsley Hay, the north of the trail. (Pictures taken in November, prior to the lockdown.) If only… How much easier it would be if grief had a map like this, with nice signs…

The poetry of grief: Consolation

A poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Though he, that ever kind and true,Kept stoutly step by step with you,Your whole long, gusty lifetime through,Be gone a while before,Be now a moment gone before,Yet, doubt not, soon the seasons shall restoreYour friend to you. He has but turned the corner — stillHe pushes on with right…